This Gobi Matar  is a semi dry curry.Every time I make gobi matar ,I try to make it in a different way so I am sure there will be 2-3 versions of this recipe on my blog in the coming years.In fact you can even modify this recipe by just adding in whatever you have on hands.It is very easy to make and tastes delicious .


Recipe Cuisine : Indian
Category : Main Course : Sabzi / Curry
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook time : 20 minutes
Serve : 3-4

Ingredients :-

    Cauliflower / Gobi -1 medium
    Green peas / Matar -1 cup (fresh or frozen)
    Onions finely chopped -2 medium
    Tomatoes - 4 small sized tomatoes (pureed)
    Ginger Garlic paste -2 tsps
    Green Chilles  - 3 paste (Adjust according to spice level)
    Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
    Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp
    Salt to taste
    Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
     Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
    Oil - 2 tablespoons
    Fennel seeds / Saunf - 1 tsp
    Cinnamon  - 1 inch
    Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Method :-

1) Chop or break the cauliflower  into small florets.
2) Rinse and blanch them in hot salted water for 10-15 mins . Drain and keep it aside.
3) Cook the peas in water first if they are not frozen till they are cooked. Drain and Keep it aside.


4) Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cinnamon and fennel seeds.


5) Then add finely chopped onions and saute till onions turn golden brown in color.


6) Add tomatoes puree and cook on low heat.
7) Then add  ginger garlic paste and chilli paste .


8) Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala powder ,coriander powder and mix well.


9) you will see the oil releasing  from sides then add the blanched cauliflower / gobi  and cook.
10) Add water and mix well.
11) Cover the pan and cook till the gobi is cooked .Stir in between once or twice to make sure that it is not burning or sticking to the pan.If it dries out too much then add more water and cook.


12) Once cauliflower is almost cooked add the cooked green peas or frozen green peas / Matar.


13) Cover and cook for another 5-7 mins on allow flame till peas and cauliflower are cooked well.
14) Mix well and cook without cover for 2-3 minutes  till all the water is absorbed and you have thick gravy  means it is semi dry.
15) Now turn off the stove and garnish with chopped coriander and mix well.Keep it covered till you serve.

Gobi Matar Sabzi / Cauliflower Peas Curry  is ready to serve.



Serving Suggestions :- Serve hot with rotis ,chapatis, phulkas , parathas or with dal rice ,Jeera Rice etc.


Here goes yet another famous Indian dessert Fruit Kesari . It is prepared with rava ( sooji or semolina), ghee, sugar ,fruits and dry fruits. It is the easiest sweet recipe that can be prepared in few minutes. Also this sweet makes a quick fix dessert when you have surprise guests at home. Try this fail proof recipe and enjoy its lip smacking taste.

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sweets and Deserts
Prep Time: 30 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    |  Serves: 6



Ingredients :-

    Rava / sooji / semolina - 1 cup
    Sugar - 1 1/2 cups (adjust according to your taste)
    Ghee - 6 tbsps or 2 tbsps of ghee + 2 tbsps oil
    Apple, chopped finely - 1/2 cup
    Banana chopped - 1/2 cup
    Cashewnuts / Kaju - 8 to 10
    Raisins / Kishmish - 8 (Optional)
    Cardamom powder / Elaichi powder - a pinch
    Orange food color - a pinch
    Saffron strands  (Kesar)  to garnish (optional)
    Water - 3 cups

Method :-
 
  1)  First rinse ,peel and chop apple , banana etc. You can use your choice of fruits. (Mango ,chikoo,pears ,grapes ,pineapple).
2) Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in pan or kadai.


3) Add Rava or sooji and roast it.
4) Roast the rava well stirring oftenly on a low flame so that rava dosen't burn.
5)  Roast rava for 5-7 minutes till it becomes crisp on low flame. Switch off the flame.
6) Remove rava in a plate and keep it aside.
7) Heat 4 tbsps of ghee in same pan .
8) Add cashews and fry till golden then remove with slotted spoon drain and Keep it aside.


9) Then add Chopped mixed fruits. Stir Well.
10) Saute the fruits on a low flame  for 4-5 minutes.
11) Add cardamom powder and stir well.


12) Now add sugar .You can add sugar as per your taste. Mix well.


13) Add 2.5 cups of water. Stir well. Add few drops or a pinch of orange colour .

14) Bring this mixture to boil on medium flame stirring in between.
15)  Add fried cashews and raisins. Keep some for garnish.

 16) Lower the flame and now add ghee roasted rava stirring continuously.
17) Quickly stir and mix well so that the lumps should not be formed in the kesari.
18) Mix well until it gets thick in consistency.
19) Cook covered  till all the moisture is absorbed.


20) Do stir at intervals. The rava will soften up.Keep mixing until the kesari starts leaving its sides and transfer to the serving bowl.
21) Once the kesari thickens , turn off the flame, cover and set aside for a while. ( Take care the kesari thickens on cooling).


21) Garnish with saffron strands ,cashews, raisins .

Fruit Kesari is ready to be served.Tastes really great with the fruits and nuts giving it a great lip smacking taste! Enjoy warm or hot.

Note :-

1) You can use various fruits like pear,grapes ,papaya ,chikoo ,mango ,orange etc any desired/available fruits of your choice.
2) For one cup rava, one to one and half cups of fruit pieces can be used.



 

Groundnut / Peanut Ladoo is made with groundnuts and jaggery as main ingredients.It is very easy to make, tastes delicious and healthy too.Groundnuts are high in protein and jaggery is rich in Iron  so these ladoos are energy booster ,nourishing and healthy.No ghee is needed to prepare these ladoos.Kids will love it as it is soft .My daughter loves this peanut ladoo very much.This can be packed for kids snackbox too.

Preparation Time:15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:15 
Recipe Category: Sweets / Desserts | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients :-

Raw Peanuts / Groundnuts/ Shengdana - 1 cup
Powdered Jaggery - 3/4 cup adjust according to taste
Cardamom powder - a generous pinch

Method:-


1) Dry roast the groundnuts till nicely browned and the outer skin start to come out.
2) When it cool down little bit rub the groundnuts  with your hands and blow away the skin .But I don't prefer to remove the skin of groundnuts.
3) Grate or powder the jaggery and keep it aside.


4) Now put the groundnuts in a mixer and give a quick grind as fine as possible.It will be slightly coarse only.


5) Then add the  powdered jaggery to groundnuts powder. All together grind this mixture in a mixie till they are well combined.


6) When you grind this mixture in a mixie ,oil from groundnuts oozes out and  helps in binding a ladoo .
7) Transfer this mixture  to a bowl, add cardamom powder .Mix well and break the lumps formed.


8) Shape them into small balls.No need to grease at all, as the oil in groundnuts is just enough to hold together.


9) Groundnut Ladoos are ready .Store in an airtight container.

Tips:-

Sweetness is just perfect but if you want more then add 1 cup of jaggery.
If it hardens in the end for the last few balls then heat up the mixture for a minute, jaggery will melt then you can make balls or again grind for a minute in a mixie then you can make ladoos.



Arbi is an edible variety of tuber well known in India. It is known with different names like Colocasia, Taro root  ,chamagadda ,Seppankizhangu ,alu  and even Elephant ears.
There are some families , who consume arbi during fasting or as fasting food. It depends upon family tradition and rules.We usually make this as a snacks or starter or appetizer.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snack /Appetizer


 Ingredients:-

    Arbi / Cococasia roots /Arum - 250 gm
    Oil for deep frying
    Rock Salt/ Sendha namak to taste
    Black pepper powder to taste
    Red chili powder - 1/2  tsp
    Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
    Dry mango powder/Amchur powder -   ¼ tsp
 
Method:- 

 

1) First rinse and clean arbi  very well.


2) In a pressure cooker boil the arbi with enough water until one whistle on medium heat. We want the arbi to be bit under cooked, as the overcooked arbi is mushy, soft and sticky. OR In microwave, it should take only 4-5 minutes.
3)Drain the water .Once cool to touch, peel the skip and discard.


4) Make the slices of peeled arbi. Make sure that slices are not too thin or not too thick.


5) Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan for deep frying. Once oil is hot, carefully add the arbi slices.


6) Fry them on medium flame.Once it gets golden brown and crispy from one side, flip them and cook another side.


7) Once it is crispy and nicely golden brown from both the sides, remove them .
8) Remove them on the paper towel to absorb excess oil. 
9) Now add another batch for frying.While the chips from first batch which are still warm sprinkle the spice powders on them. Sprinkle rock  salt or sendha namak,  pepper or red chili powder, amchur and roasted cumin powder. For the perfect taste, and spices to stick the chips ,the spice powders should be sprinkled while the chips are hot or warm.
10) Serve the fried arbi warm. As it cools it lose its crispness.
11) Serve as snack or starter or appetizer during fasting or any time of the day.




12) You can have these chips just as it is or with vrat wali green chutney.

Tips:-

    You can substitute dry mango power / amchur powder with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Just drizzle it all over after sprinkling other spice powders.
    If you don’t want to deep fry the arbi, you can even shallow fry them which would yield less crispy  but nevertheless tasty.
    If you don't use red chilli powder for fasting then increase the quantity of black pepper powder.




Betel leaf / Paan / Tavan Pakkulu  is very good for treating cold and cough .The best way to use betel leaf for treating cold is by making a kashayam with it. Any herbal extract that is used for treating illness is called kashayam .Betel leaf kashayam is simple to make and gives very good relief from chest congestion ,cold and cough.


Ingredients:- 

Betel Leaves /Paan / Tavan Paaku -2 fresh
Tulasi  leaves - 8 (Optional)
Black Pepper - 5 crushed
cloves -2 crushed
Cardamom - 1 crushed
Water - 3 cups
Honey / Palm candy / Black Jaggery for sweetness (Optional)




Method:-


Wash both tulsi and betel leaves properly.




Tear the betel leaves into small pieces.
In a vessel , add 3 cups of water and add the betel leaves, tulsi leaves , ,crushed black pepper, cloves, cardamom .
Let the water boil until the content reduces to half.
Add the jaggery or palm candy if you want sweetness.
Filter and serve hot.
This kashayam gives a better relief for persons suffering from cold ,cough and all respiratory infections . 
For children, small quantity must be given.

Precautions to use these leaves:

1) People suffering from acidity, stomach ulcers, migraines, urticaria, tuberculosis, epilepsy, and other psychological disorders should never use these leaves.

2) Once prepared Kashayam can be kept only for  a period of 12 – 15 hours.
Re-heating of this kashayam is not advised.



 Sandwiches are fulfilling,tasty,healthy ,tempting and easy to make.These are very common and very popular street food. They are a simple pair of bread slices with an imaginative filling of your choice !!!Here I have Veg chutney sandwich with addition of some vegetables to it .what adds spice to the veg chutney sandwich is the spicy green chutney, and chaat masala. You can also pack sandwiches for tiffin box or for a short picnics.

Ingredients:

Bread slices – 10-12 (white or brown bread)
Green chutney
Finely chopped cucumber – 1
Finely chopped onion – 1 (medium)
Finely chopped Tomato -1 (medium)
Butter – 2-3 tbsp or as needed (softened at room temperature)
Chaat masala as required
Roasted Cumin Powder as required (optional)
Black salt to taste( optional)
Tomato Ketchup or sauce as required

For Green ( mint cilantro) chutney:

Chopped Coriander leaves - 1 Cup
Chopped Mint leaves - 2 Cups
Green chillies - 5-6
Ginger - 1/4 inch
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Water -2 -3 tbsp

Method:-

For Green Chutney

1. First Pluck ,wash and then chop coriander and mint.
2. Combine all the ingredients except lemon jice and grind to a smooth paste in a blender using very little water.
3. Then add lemon juice . Mix well.
4. Refrigerate and use as required.

Assembling the Bombay sandwich:

1) Trim the slices of the bread(optional)
2) Keep the green chutney ready The chutney should not be watery, otherwise if will soften up the bread.






3)  Evenly spread the green chutney on one slice of bread.
4) Then Evenly spread tomato sauce on another slice of bread.


5) Top up with chopped cucumber ,tomato and onion on one slice.
6) Sprinkle the black salt and chaat masala on them .
7) Cover it with other slice of bread.


8) Spread the butter on either side of the bread.



9) Toast it on tawa or griddle or sandwich maker.



10) Cut it according to your choice, serve it hot with tomato ketchup.
11) Repeat the process for remaining bread slices.

Yummmmmy Bombay Sandwiches are ready !!!!

Tip :-

The Green chutney can be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge. This chutney is multi purpose. you can add it to your sandwiches or have it with your pakoras or chaat.

You could add some sweet tamarind chutney also. It lends a unique flavor to the sandwiches.

Skip the butter for a Vegan sandwich



A cheese sandwich is a popular and basic sandwich made generally with one or more slices of cheese on a bread.Cheese sandwiches  are easy ,tasty and quick to make. Especially good for morning hours when you are running short of time. You can also pack sandwiches for tiffin box or for a short picnic.These are Kids Friendly Sandwiches.
                    It may also be combined with lettuce, tomato, onions,peppers ,pickles and condiments such as mustard ,Honey mustard or mayonnaise .A cheese sandwich can be made in a variety of ways, depending on your preferences.
                    Common methods include grilling, cooked on a griddle, pan frying, or made in sandwich maker.


Ingredients:-

2 Slices Bread
1 Slice Cheese
1 tbsp Butter
Pan for frying

Method:-

Preheat griddle or pan over medium heat. Smear butter first on one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down on the pan and place 1 slice of cheese on it. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Fry until lightly browned and flip over; continue frying until cheese is melted.

YUMMMM delicious Cheese Sandwich is ready.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi is the time to make  varieties of Modak like Mawa Modak , Chocolate Modak , ,Motichoor ladoo  modak ,Ukadihe Modak ,Dry Fruits Modak ,Malai modak etc.....
Khoya Modak / Pedha Modak is one of the easy modak recipes that you can try for this Ganesh Chaturthi 2016.This is a quick modak recipe and comes handy if you don’t have much time. These mawa modaks can also be served as  offering to Lord Ganesha. Your family and mainly kids  will love these Pedha modaks as they are rich and delicious.




Ingredients :-

2 cups crumbled Khoya (mawa)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup peeled and finely chopped pistachios
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
a few strands of saffron (kesar) strands
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp ghee/butter for greasing modak moulds



  Method:-

1) Combine the mava /Khoya and sugar in a broad non-stick pan.
2) Switch on the flame and cook the mava mixture on medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
3) Then cook on low heat, stirring continuously, till the sugar dissolves completely and the khoya starts to melt.
4) Soon the mawa / Khoya  mixture will start releasing fat.
5) Once the mixture starts bubbling, then sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of cardamom (elaichi) powder.
6) The mixture will start thickening, continuously keep stirring.
7) Keep stirring on low flame until the mixture starts leaving the edges of the pan.
8) Immediately transfer the mixture in thali or plate
9) Do not overcook as then the modaks will turn out dense.
10) Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature.
11) Combine the saffron and milk in a small bowl, mix well and keep aside.
12) Crumble the mava with your finger tips, add the chopped  pistachios,  and saffron-milk mixture, mix well.
13) Grease the modak moulds with a bit of butter or ghee . Place aside.
14) Make small balls from the mixture.
15) Take a small ball of mava mixture, place it in modak mould and press the mawa ball with your fingers so that it gets the shape of mould.
16) Gently unmould and remove the excess modak mixture from the edges of the modak.
17) Place the modaks over a greased plate/ thali.
18) Repeat the same with the rest of mixture


 Mawa Modaks / Pedha Modaks are ready to offer lord ganesha as prasad.


Tips

    These modaks stay fresh for 3 to 4 days at room temperature.
    Do not overcook  mawa mixture as the modaks will turn out dense



 Veg kohlapuri is special and traditional mix veg sabzi / curry. This is very popular dish from Kolhapur city which is situated in  Maharashtra. This is prepared in thick spicy gravy with loads of vegetables
This Kolhapuri masala is very useful so making it in a large batch and keeping it handy is a good idea.
 It is accompanied by a chapati , roti, paratha, naan or kulcha .This Popular dish is traditionally spicy but u can adjust the heat to ur taste buds....Its one of my families favorite dish....


Ingredients:-
2 large onions chopped
8 florets  cauliflower
2 large tomatoes chopped
1 potato boiled and chopped
1 capsicum chopped
1 carrot boiled and chopped
6-8 French beans
1 /4 cup peas boiled
1 inch ginger
6 cloves garlic
2 tsp Red chill powder
1 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
4 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. Kolhapuri  Masala
2 tbsp cashew nuts fried
1 inch stick cinnamon
4 cloves
2 Black Cardamoms
1 tbsp fennel seeds (saunf)
salt to taste
1 tbsp. coriander leaves chopped




Method:-

1) Thoroughly wash vegetables and chop in small pieces.

2) Peel, wash carrots and potatoes and cut into half inch sized cubes. String French beans and cut into half inch pieces. Wash and drain green peas.

3) Steam all the vegetables in an electric cooker, steamer or pressure cooker.The vegetables have to be completely cooked and yet retain their shape.

4)  Wash tomatoes and grind it to fine paste.

5) Grind ginger and garlic to a fine paste.

6) Heat two teaspoons of oil in a kadai or pan. Add cloves, cinnamon,cardamom and fennel seeds. Lightly fry. Then grind to a fine powder.

7) Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in kadai then add chopped onions and cook till it turns slightly turns pink. Cool, grind to a paste . Keep aside.

8) Heat remaining oil in same kadai or pan.  Add ginger and garlic paste ,tomato paste ,onion paste and continue to saute till 2-3 minutes.

9) Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder,kashmiri red chilli powder,salt and half cup of water and cook for three minutes.

12)  Add the boiled vegetables, adjust salt and mix well.Simmer and cook covered for four to five minutes.

13) Once gravy starts boiling, add kolhapuri masala, fennel seeds mixture powder and cook for another 4-5 minutes in between stirring continuously.

14) Stir well and  Garnish with fried cashews and chopped  coriander leaves .

15) Serve hot with chapatis or rotis or pulkas or parathas.



Tips:

1) This curry should be enough spicy. However, adjust the amount of red chili powder to give required heat.
2) Kashmiri red chili powder gives nice bright red color and flavor to the curry. If its unavailable, use pinch of edible red color.
3) Normal chilli powder is used for spiciness.




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